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predecessor

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Predecessor \Pred'e*ces"sor\ (?; 277), noun [L. praedecessor; prae before + decessor one who withdraws from the province he has governed, a retiring officer (with reference to his successor), a predecessor, fr. decedere: cf. F. pr['e]d['e]cesseur. See {Decease}.] One who precedes; one who has preceded another in any state, position, office, etc.; one whom another follows or comes after, in any office or position.

A prince who was as watchful as his predecessor had been over the interests of the state. --Prescott.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

predecessor

noun

1: one who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or office)

2: something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone [syn: {harbinger}, {forerunner}, {predecessor}, {herald}, {precursor}]


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